Questions tagged [verbing]

Only use this tag for recently-created verbs that were created by taking a noun or adjective, and using it as a verb. Do not use this tag for ordinary verbs that end in -ing (gerunds and present-participles).

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“When you Frankenstein a team together…” - Is “Frankenstein” a new verb?

I did not know that "Frankenstein" can be used as a verb. Max Kellerman, a highly reputed sports analyst working for ESPN, says "When you Frankenstein a team together, usually it doesn't work ...
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Can I say “I Java”, or does it have to be “I do Java”?

Like google is a verb, is java a word? Can I say "I java"? I am wondering if it works that way, or if I have to say, "I do java."
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What does “tripwire” mean as a verb?

Half Nelson offers an opportunity to marvel, once again, at the dazzling talent of Ryan Gosling for playing young men as believable as they are psychologically trip-wired. (source) Though familiar ...
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Believability Weighted

I am reading a great book “Principles.” of Dalio, Ray There's a paraphrase called “Make believability-weighted decisions.” “• Make believability-weighted decisions. My painful mistakes shifted me ...
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What is the meaning of “[to] butterfly <something>”?

What is the meaning of "[to] butterfly <something>"? This quote is from the first post of a thread on an alternate history forum: If Jesus was never born, this would obviously butterfly ...
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Can 'PS' be used as a verb in English?

In my native language 'PS' borrrows the meaning of the process when you edit a photo with the help of Photoshop. It could be used as a verb, For example, 'Could you help me to Ps this photo to make ...
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When someone injects Botox to her face

Please imagine someone injects Botox to a part of his / her face. What is the most natural way in common English to say it? For me, all of the following examples work, but I have no idea which one ...
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What does it mean? “I can't people today”

There is a shirt with a sentence written on it. The sentence is : I can't people today What does it mean? I've seen this link and I know that "people" can be a verb but in this special case, I ...
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Use of name as a verb

I heard these lines in the movie Minions. They go like Stuart: "Scarlet." Scarlet: "Don't you Scarlet me backstabbing little traitors." The name Scarlet is used here as a verb. What do this ...
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What is the proper syntax for using the word 'advocacy'?

Please let me know if I could provide with any further information that might advocacy in favor of my application. Is this a correct sentence? Is the word 'advocacy' in a right syntax?
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“(Noun) the sh*t out of this” — What nouns work?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive until he can possibly be ...
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What is the meaning of “spec'd” in “That will ensure that the input is not driven to a non spec'd value”?

Somebody was teaching me electronics over the internet. I don't know if he is a native English speaker or not. He said: "To see more realistic effects, try using a clamping diode from the non ...
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What does “clippered” mean?

This is a passage from a novel: Neal had lovely ears. A little too big, and they poked out at the top like wings. Georgie liked to hold his head by his ears. When he'd let her. She could imagine ...
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What is the question form of this sentence?

The Finance major is for those students with career objectives in the financial management of business firms. I'm trying to turn this into a question; is this form correct? What students is the ...
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Can “version” be used as a verb?

In a software development environment, things have versions, or historic snapshots of how they evolve over time. Can I say "You need to version this or that" so as to refer that something needs ...
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meaning of “vague that up”

I couldn't get the meaning of: vague up. What does it mean? Giles: The influx of the undead, the... supernatural occurrences, it's been building for years. There's a reason why you're here and a ...
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At my daughter's school, I found a word 'videoed'

Today, I went to Rhyme's school and found a sentence... You are being videoed It's clear that this message is to warn people from misdoing something. A kinda "you are under surveillance". But ...
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Is “successful” correct in this context?

I have received the following offer to work part time: Dear XXX. it was nice talking to you, hope things will be good with all of us. we offered a part time job. I wanted to send my response....
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How does a word become an English word? Is there a word for that?

How to term those words which are not by default English but are added over time? Consider for example Google. Is it an English word now? Or is it just a usage?
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Is forming phrasal verbs using names rather than lexical verbs commonly accepted?

The Lunar Module separated the descent stage and fired the ascent engine to climb back into orbit. After reading the above sentence I began wondering if forming phrasal verbs using names rather than ...